July 14–October 13, 2024
The Parrish will present the first-ever solo museum exhibition by painter Julia Chiang. The artist will present new, large-scale paintings and ceramics.
Chiang’s painterly process is slow and controlled while spontaneous. Organic shapes coalesce on the picture plane in varying densities of paint and with fervor, scrimmage for territory. She operates in the realm of abstractions, but the body is the basis for her allegories, metaphors, and explorations. Her vocabulary is rife with organic forms and formations, which function as introspections that range from the corporeal to the psychological. The organic-looking imagery borrows from the physical—medical scans, internal body liquids and environments—and the psychological—fields of layered feelings and emotions, tensions between internal turmoil and external pressures, between fragility and strength. Regarding her work, Chiang states, “I’m always interested in our bodies as vessels, what we contain and what we cannot. All that comes out of us, all that is within us . . . Borders both real and imagined. Existing in the in-between.”
Julia Chiang is organized by Corinne Erni, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education, with additional support from Brianna L. Hernández, Assistant Curator.
About Julia Chiang
Julia Chiang (American, b. 1978) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and studied Studio Art and Art History at New York University. Chiang has recently been featured in solo-exhibitions at Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, and The Journal Gallery, New York. This year, she created a mural with RxART for the new SUNY Upstate Nappi Wellness Institute in Syracuse, NY. In 2022, Chiang was commissioned by Rockaway Hotel and Spa for the “Rockaway Mural” in Queens, NY. She has been an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, The Creative Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, Henry Street Settlement in New York, HAP Clay Studios in Beijing, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.